Hello, my name is Julie Taggart and I am an experienced palliative care nurse by background.
I began my nurse training in 2005 and completed my degree at Middlesex University in 2008. My first few years were spent in the community of Watford and at Stanmore Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London; then I found my niche in palliative care. I have spent the latter part of my career working for various private hospices in and around Hertfordshire and London, in addition to the iconic Marie Curie in Hampstead London, before relocating to beautiful Norfolk.
My nursing environments have enabled me to witness first hand the absolute necessity for complementary therapies in our daily lives. When used regularly they help us to reconnect mind, body and soul and therefore create a perfect balance.
I first embarked upon complementary therapies in 2010 when I trained in Holistic Massage through the Richdales Institute in London. This then led me to complete their diploma programme in Aromatherapy in 2012. I had experienced the wonders of therapeutic touch whilst at Stanmore Hospital, as my patients would find this a soothing distraction from their pain and/or emotional issues. They looked forward to this far more than anything else on the medical itinery! I also witnessed the power of therapeutic touch when observing the marvellous works of the Day Therapy Unit at Marie Curie Hampstead and the therapy department at the Royal Free Hospital. The therapists who devoted their time and skills into caring for patients who were going through the toughest time of their lives were absolutely amazing.
It was whilst working at the Day Therapy Unit at Marie Curie that I experienced the amazing benefits of acupuncture through my patients. The waiting list was enormous! This ignited a spark within me and inspired me to study for my diploma in Chinese Acupuncture with Bodyharmonics in Cheltenham.
I have continued to update my practice by studying trigger point massage with the Middlesex School of Complementary Medicine and No Hands Massage with Darien Pritchard which have enhanced my practice.
Most recently I have gained my Oncology Massage Diploma from The Middlesex School of Complementary Medicine and my Aromatherapy and Cancer qualification from The Penny Price School of Aromatherapy. I hope to ease the symptom and stress burden of those in my local area suffering from cancer or those who are survivors of cancer and need the reassurance of a safe massage experience.
I have enhanced my massage further with courses completed in hip and lower limb deep tissue massage, neck, back and shoulders deep tissue massage and Thai Foot Massage.
Finally, in May 2020 I gained a certificate in western medical acupuncture with The British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS).
My therapy practice is nestled just outside of Beetley in Norfolk and I am so lucky to have Dereham, Fakenham and Norwich on my doorstep. I have plenty of space to park and turn on my driveway so there is no need to worry about double yellow lines or busy roads to park on!!
I have future courses booked to enhance my practice and areas of interest
I am embarking upon a course in Myofascial Release, which should have been in March and April of this year. However, due to Corona Virus this has been rescheduled to September and October 2020.
The people responsible for discovering this amazing body work are Osteopath Robert C. Ward and Physiotherapist John F. Barnes (who now practices and teaches Myofascial Release in Arizona, America). John F. Barnes has achieved fantastic results through this gentle hands on method. My course will be in Leeds and is being taught by one of John F. Barnes former pupils and now tutor in Myofascial Release, Amanda Oswald.
What is the fascia? It is a type of connective tissue and consists of three layers and individual muscle groups are encased in fascia as they separate one muscle group from another. According to John F. Barnes (Myofascial Release, The search for excellence) 'The fascial system surrounds, infuses with, and has the potential to influence profoundly every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel, organ and cell of the body.'
Myofascial pain has been described in a variety of ways as being like a tooth ache or a heavy, burning, sharp, deep or dull feeling. It can also feel like an uncomfortable squeezing sensation. People who experience this type of pain are often an anomaly to the medical profession and can find themselves being pushed from pillar to post in their quest to get answers and respite from their pain and symptoms. This is where Myofascial Release can really help.
What conditions can it help? Myofascial Release can certainly help alleviate chronic pain symptoms and problems such as TMJ, Carpal Tunnel syndrome, migraines and Fibromyalgia to name but a few.
This symposium is held at the end of every year at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. It is aimed at health professionals and aromatherapists who have a deep desire to help patients with cancer symptoms and various other chronic conditions that impact lives adversely. Essential oils and the natural products they can be added to, such as clays and creams can help to ease problems such as weeping sores from chemotherapy, pain, nausea and fatigue. Cancer and its effects are so close to my heart.
I am a member of The British Medical Acupuncture Society; The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
My Holistic Massage and Aromatherapy are certified by ITEC.
I have full Insurance and Medical malpractice cover with Hiscox through the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).